There can be nothing more despicable than the mistreatment and torture of Palestinian children. Of the 10,000+ Palestinian prisoners that Israel holds, some 700 are aged 16 and under. There are no special rights for them. There is no right to see a lawyer in the first weeks of imprisonment or any other rights. Sexual threats, use of dogs etc. is part of the standard treatment.
This takes place against the background of a major controversy over a book by Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira's and his controversial book (only in Israel that is) "Torat Hamelech", which advocates the killing of Palestinian civilians, including children. Apparently the ‘freedom of speech’ of those who study the Torah was being infringed!
Imagine what would happen to a Palestinian who wrote a book claiming that it was in order to kill all Jews, including Jewish children, because the Koran ordained it! The controversy was over the decision of the police to summon two senior settler rabbis, Rabbis Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, for questioning over their support of the book. The rabbis ignored the summons and the police have done nothing! Usually ignoring a summons for police questioning in Israel will lead to immediate arrest and worse, but that is for Palestinians and Jewish dissidents, not rabbinical bigots.
With the charade of the ‘peace talks’ now taking place, it is useful to understand why Israel is a different type of society from those in the West that it proclaims to be part of.
Stop Israel's Abuse of Palestinian Children
September 2, 2010
According to the Palestine Section of Defence for Children International, each year, about 700 Palestinian children from the West Bank are prosecuted in Israeli military courts. Out of 100 sworn affidavits collected by lawyers in 2009, 69% of the children were beaten and kicked, 49% were threatened, 14% were held in solitary confinement, 12% were threatened with sexual
assault, including rape, and 32% were forced to sign confessions written in Hebrew, a language they do not understand. Israel's treatment of detained Palestinian children is considered to be torture by the United Nations under international law.
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition calls on all its members, supporters and people of conscience to contact the White House to demand that the Obama administration direct the Israeli leadership to immediately release and end to the systematic and institutionalized abuse of all Palestinian children in Israeli prisons in accordance with international law. The US government, which supports Israel to the tune of billions of taxpayer dollars a year while most ordinary Americans are suffering in a very bad economy, is bound by its laws to cut off all aid to Israel until it ends all of its violations of human rights and basic freedoms in a verifiable manner.
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